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Adiantum capillus-veneris L.
Venus’-hair fern, Southern maidenhair, Common maidenhair

Adiantum capillus-veneris
Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Family: Pteridaceae

Group: Pteridophyte

Substrate: Terrestrial

Habit: Herb

Perennation: Perennial

Native Range: North America, the West Indies, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Old World in both temperate and tropical regions.

Map of Florida Locations

SOUTH FLORIDA Occurrence: Present

SOUTH FLORIDA Native Status: Native

South Florida History and Distribution: This is known in South Florida only from cultivation and from a few historic reports and recent collections, but our area is well within the native range of the species. It readily recruits on moist limestone rocks from cultivated plants, but does not appear to be a permanent part of the South Florida landscape. In South Florida and parts of the Florida peninsula, the tropical species Adiantum tenerum is the typical species encountered in habitat.

SOUTH FLORIDA Cultivated Status: Cultivated

Comments: For more images and information, visit the Hardy Fern Library website or click on the USDA PLANTS and Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants links below.

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Adiantum capillus-veneris has been found in the following 2 conservation areas :
Occurrence Native Status
Big Cypress National Preserve Reported
Castellow Hammock Park Reported

Adiantum capillus-veneris has been found in the following 2 counties :
Occurrence Native Status
Martin County Assumed to be Native
Miami-Dade County Assumed to be Native

Adiantum capillus-veneris has been found in the following 2 habitats :
Mesic Hammock
Rockland Hammock

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Adiantum capillus-veneris
Copyright by: Shirley Denton